MAN 1924 SS15 Pitti Preview
By now, the outstanding label run by my friends Carlos, Jorge and Olga needs little to no introduction. From Spain to the world, they have been able to set MAN 1924 as a menswear reference for good taste and classic tailoring with a twist. Meeting with them and going over their creations is always pleasure: besides the amazing garments, they present what is arguably the best styling and layering at Pitti.
The perfectly balanced mix of casual and polished elements, brilliant pattern and texture combinations and superb use of accessories, results in an eye-catching collection that appeals to most. To top it off, a brief conversation is enough to understand their passion and the authenticity poured into each creation, as they embody this very personal style and philosophy reminiscent of the Spanish tradition.
For SS15, the collection delivers a classic color palette focused on pastels, with the occasional navy and blue adding some contrast. Linen and lightweight cottons are abundant, as are special waxed and washed finishings spread throughout blazers, parkas and safari jackets. Their interpretation of the safari, featuring a super soft washed cotton fabric and details such as epaulets, belt and deep pockets was probably one of my favourite pieces on display at the fair.
MAN 1924 AW13 Lookbook
Starring Carlos Castillo and Jorge Navares, the lookbook exudes the very essence of Winter. Shot in a beautiful country seaside scenario, the focus is on exquisite tailored garments, made from seasonal fabrics such as tweed and heavy wool and showcasing the arts of layering and accessorizing.
Boglioli SS14 “Understated Romance” Lookbook
A quick break from this lousy weather to take a glimpse into the upcoming season’s sunnier days, through the hands of Italian menswear experts Boglioli. Embodying the ethereal theme of romance associated with the season, the lookbook exudes the brand’s trademark refined nonchalance: superb unstructured jackets and suits are beautifully layered with lightweight cardigans, turtlenecks and scarves, all in a muted color palette picking up on natural shades.
The Hill-Side AW13 Lookbook - “Twelve Brooklyn Apartments”
Unionmade x Gitman x Liberty London Capsule Collection
An outstanding collaboration resulting in a variety of shirts and accessories, portraying unique floral prints over indigo chambray fabrics
Drake’s London SS14 Pitti Preview
It’s a fact that Drake’s range of accessories hardly ever disappoints and this time was no exception. The welcoming stand filled with warm lightning and that quintessential regal British feel, featured a healthy dose of bright colors, bold patterns and interesting textures. By now, you all know the quality and variety behind Drake’s offerings, so there’s little more to be said…nonetheless, it’s great to see how they seem to strike the perfect balance between classic and updated pieces, ensuring that in this unique mix you are bound to find something to your liking.
I believe accessories are the ultimate complement to any attire: be it on the more casual or formal side of things, there are always small details that can elevate your image to new levels. Jewelry in particular, has experienced a rampage growth in popularity during recent years, with more and more men sporting bracelets, strings, and such. As experience has shown, the trick to pulling it off is avoid going overboard and try to keep things simple and well balanced.
A while back I got in touch with Madlords, a french retailer/ art gallery specialized in men’s luxury accessories. A haven for menswear aficionados, the project run by Serge and Caroline Muller brings together a carefully curated selection of artisans, providing an ever-evolving pool of creative talents. Embodying the very essence of luxury, each item is crafted in very limited series and using only the most precious and rare materials, with a strong emphasis on authenticity. Combining their unique skills and keen eye for discovering talents, Serge and Caroline manage to deliver an unseen selection of jewelry, eyewear, scarves and leather goods, easily incorporated into a variety of styles. Whether you’re looking for discretion or to stand out amidst the crowd, chances are you’ll come across it by browsing their alternatives.